Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan's "You Won't Let Me Down Again" Is as Close to Perfect As We've Heard in 2010

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Artist: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

Track: "You Won't Let Me Down Again"

Album: Hawk

Label: Vanguard

Release Date: August 24; It's Out

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Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan's "You Won't Let Me Down Again" Is as Close to Perfect As We've Heard in 2010

  • Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan's "You Won't Let Me Down Again" Is as Close to Perfect As We've Heard in 2010

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    Artist: Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan

    Track: "You Won't Let Me Down Again"

    Album: Hawk

    Label: Vanguard

    Release Date: August 24; It's Out

    Rating (Skip, Stream, or Buy): Buy

    Local Show: Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan play Neumos on Tuesday, Oct. 26

    Full Review: Paige Richmond has a review of the whole thing.

    In the most disappointing corners of popular music, a single is a passably listenable track intended to move a CD of mediocrity. In the case of "You Won't Let Me Down Again," the single serves as a tidy encapsulation of feat that Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan have pulled off on their third album, Hawk.

    Comforting and familiar while at the same time fresh and disturbing--is it meant to be threatening or reassuring?--"You Won't Let Me Down Again," juxtaposes Campbell's sweetness and Lanegan's ominous growl seamlessly. It's steeped in highway country, but in the hands of Lanegan it carries a weight transcends all modern alt-country flavorings.

    Like Hawk itself, "You Won't Let Me Down Again," demonstrates the best-case scenario at the intersection of tastes and genres, strengths and subtleties, humility and hubris.

     
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